Death – Symbolic Analysis

Posted on July 23, 2011


“…each mind/body/spirit complex shall and should and, indeed, must perceive each archetype, if you use this convenient term, in its own way. Therefore, you may see that precision is not the goal; rather the quality of general concept complex perception is the goal.”- Ra, Session 77



Arcanum 13

Key Observations

  • The skeleton is the mascot of the transformation of the body. The body in its most naked form, having even the flesh removed.
  • The scythe is a tool for reaping a harvest. What would the body harvest in life? What seeds would be reaped in the end of the experience?
  • The rainbow is sometimes defined an illusory hope.  It is high overhead. In the bible the rainbow represented the promise of God to never wipe out humanity again through water.  Other implications of the rainbow could be simply the delineation of each color of unity recognized and represented in the spectrum of light. The Chakra system in harmony and beaming, perhaps the man has transformed his body becoming the rainbow.

*       “You have seen the prism which shows all colors stemming from the sunlight. This is a simplistic example of unity.”                                                                            – Ra, Session 1.5 The Law of One

  • Notice how the scythe and the rainbow make a partial vesica piscis
  • The creature in the sun with his bow aims at the path of the prostitute or the service to self path, representing that the service others oriented path comes with a sort of protection from above or the source of love and light. Like a higher guidance protecting the male from the deceptions present on the path of separation.

What is Vesica Pisces?

“In short the vesica piscis brings together the positive and negative attributes of life and the result is the rediscovery of their unific Source, or at the very least their commonality.”- Ross Hamilton, The Mystery of the Serpent Mound

“…the vesica has been used down through time to successfully produce the ideal field of divine order in geometry. Perhaps the initiate philosothers as geomants saw the vsica subject symbolic of the magnesia of the wise. Put in simpler terms, it is the royal magnetic field.”  – Ross Hamilton, The Mystery of the Serpent Mound

Modern key words for death:

Ending of a cycle —– Loss —– Conclusion —– Sadness

Transition into a new state —– Psychological transformation

Finishing up —– Regeneration —– Elimination of old patterns

Being caught in the inescapable —– Good-byes —– Deep change